When 15-year-old roller derby player "Stella Corpse" steps out onto the rink, you'd never think anybody would mess with her. But if you looked past the teen's kneepads and alter ego, you'd see Shelby Bacon, an Denver Online High School sophomore who has faced her fair share of bullies.
Shelby wears her skate gear -- and alter ego -- for the Rocky Mountain RollerPunks, the junior team of the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls, according to Colorado's Channel 9 News KUSA. There, all the girls assume nicknames like "Carnage" or "Bubblevicious" as they compete in the nation's fastest-growing sport.
While roller derby practice leaves Shelby bruised and scraped, the bullying she faced at school used to hurt more. She told KUSA, "It's pretty bad. You don't go [to class], then you don't get a lot of your work done."
Though she struggled to find acceptance at her high school, she found confidence on the roller derby track. Her mom, Amanda Bacon, said, "It's given her the strength to say, 'Hey, it's not OK. I don't like the way you're treating me and I'm not going to let you treat me this way."
"I just have a really great team," said Shelby. "They're my second family."
Rock (and roll) on, Shelby.
[h/t Channel 9 News, KUSA]